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It started on Sunday, when Mr. West published an article in The Guardian calling Mr. Coates “the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle,” and accusing him of “fetishizing white supremacy” while ignoring “Wall Street greed, U.S. imperial crimes or black elite indifference to poverty.”

Mr. West, a professor of philosophy at Harvard (and a sporadic Twitter user), then posted about his article, calling Mr. Coates’s views about race in America “dangerously misleading.”

The tweet drew hundreds of responses from friends and supporters of Mr. Coates, including the New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb, who picked apart what he called Mr. West’s “threadbare commentary.”

African American Politics, Liberalism, Neo Liberalism, Barack Obama, Black Politics, Cornel West, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).